The arrival of a new baby is an exciting gift for any family. It’s a time of joy but it requires you to be prepared to meet the new family member’s needs.
Whether you have already met the newest member of the family or are still expecting them to arrive, you have probably wondered about the basics you need to have at home to welcome them properly. Here are four ideas to help you get started.
- For the baby
Congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Here is where it all begins. This new addition to your family needs a few things to get started on their new chapter.
Knowing your child’s needs will help you to not only get it all but also to stay within your budget by taking advantage of John Lewis discount codes and planning your shopping.
Some babies require special attention or respond better to particular brands of nappies and this will all be a learning curve for you. That said, you can prepare, so here is a list of some of the items you should already have at home when the baby arrives:
- Clothes (weather appropriate)
- Crib or Moses basket (firm mattress, avoid pillows and duvets)
- Car seat
- Tub for washing
- For mums
Mums are going to have their hands full the first few weeks of the baby’s life, and there are a lot of tips on staying healthy and fit as a new mum that can help, plus some essential items that will lighten the load.
The fundamentals can vary depending on the mum’s needs, but usually, self-care routines like face wash, creams, vitamins, soft clothes, breastfeeding bras, nipple protection and the like are on the top of the list.
Remember that you can always make your gifts more personal. Here are some special items to get a new mum:
- Offering to babysit for a few hours
- Family activities (for example, mummy and baby swim lessons)
- Meals frozen and ready to go (saving important time for mum)
- For dads
Dads are increasingly becoming more actively involved in the care of newborns and babies – and rightfully so, so they also deserve to be paid attention to.
Here are some great and useful gifts for dads:
- Baby wrap carrier or other carriers
- Multi-purpose tools
- Dash buttons
- Shaving kits and other self-care essentials
- Cooking lessons (if they don’t already know how)
- Or make it more personal
- For the family
A new family or one that has just welcomed a baby will also enjoy gifts meant for all members – something to experience or take advantage of together.
For this kind of gift, you can plan together with other friends or family, since they tend to be on a bigger scale. Here are some suggestions if you want to do this:
- Family holiday (you could do a staycation as well)
- Home renovations
- House cleaning services
- Pets (this one is delicate and should be discussed with the parents)
- Supplies like groceries and other basics
- Offering to run errands